After an attack on students and lecturers at a university in the Indian capital New Delhi with dozens of injuries, there have been protests across the country. On Monday there was a vigil in Mumbai with more than a thousand participants and demonstrations in other cities, including Bangalore and Calcutta. Emergency forces patrolled the university, whose window panes, doors and furnishings had been badly damaged.
At least 28 According to a student organization, hooded attackers at Jawaharlal Nehru University injured students and lecturers with batons and iron bars on Sunday. Doctors and nurses who rushed to aid injured people from a nearby hospital were also reported to have been attacked.
Some students blamed right-wing activists for the violent attack. They also accused the police of doing nothing to contain the violence. The police in turn blamed “rival student groups”.
Protests in India against new citizenship law
The Hindu-nationalist party BJP of Prime Minister Narendra Modi reproached the opposition returned behind the incident and accused leftist student groups. The government announced an investigation.
The incident occurred amid protests against a new citizenship law in India that critics say discriminated against Muslims. Since the upper house passed the law in December, there have been rallies. At least 25 people died, hundreds more were injured in clashes with the police.
The new law grants members of religious minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who came to the country before 2015 without valid papers , Simplifications in naturalization. However, Muslims are excluded. Critics accuse Prime Minister Modi's Hindu nationalist party BJP of discriminating against the 200 million Muslims in the country.
Clashes at Indian universities are increasing
The leading Indian trade unions called for a general strike on Wednesday to protest against the government's “anti-popular” policies. More than 60 student associations supported the strike.
Last year it was going on Several universities in numerous cities in India were given violent clashes between students, security forces and Hindu nationalist groups. The annual report “Free to Think 2019” of the international network “Scholars at Risk” stated for India – just like for China, Brazil, the Turkey and Sudan – a significant increase in violence against actors from the scientific world. Overall, 30 percent of the global attacks on researchers, lecturers and students in China, Turkey and India would be perpetrated.
According to the SAR report, the student protests were used by the Modi government as a welcome event to curtail the civil rights of those who do not share their ideas. (AFP / CDP)